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W. Benjamin Kennedy papers

Identifier: MS-0024

Scope and Contents note

This collection contains manuscripts, notes, and research materials for Kennedy’s book Muskets, Cannonballs & Bombs, published in 1974 by Beehive Press. It also contains personal papers of Kennedy while he was a professor at West Georgia College. Included in these materials are by-laws, clippings, committee files, correspondence, history department files, memos, memoranda, Phi Kappa Phi files, School of Arts and Sciences files, and course lectures and presentations.

Film reel of O’Conners’s Journal du Siege de Savannah was removed from Series I. A reproduction of the map Plan of the Siege of Savannah, with the joint Attack of the French and Americans on the 9th October 1779 was also removed from Kennedy’s papers. These items can be found online.


  • 1969-1997


Conditions Governing Access note

Open to all users; no restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use note

Rights have been transferred to the University of West Georgia, except the author retains copyright of his manuscript Muskets, Cannon Balls and Bombs.

Biographical/Historical note

W. Benjamin “Ben” Kennedy began working in the history department at West Georgia College in 1962. During that time, he served on numerous boards and committees and served as department head from 1967 to 1971. Kennedy retired in 1999. Currently, he holds Emeritus status. The history department also has a scholarship established by him, "The W. Benjamin History Graduate Award of Excellence." This scholarship is awarded annually to a graduate student in the history department.


3.57 Linear feet (9 boxes)




Papers of W. Benjamin “Ben” Kennedy, history professor at the University of West Georgia from 1962 to 1999 and History Department Head from 1967 to 1971.

Arrangement note

Organized into three series: I. Muskets, Cannon Balls and Bombs; II. Personal files; and III. Additions. Series I and II are arranged alphabetically by file title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated by Dr. W. Benjamin Kennedy on December 14, 1976. Additions were donated by Kennedy on August 24, 2007, and October 15, 2016.

Processing Information note

Processed by Shannon Danielle Smith in 2009, Candice Larson in 2016, and Laurel Durham in 2018.
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Description is in English

Revision Statements

  • 2016: Collection was completely re-processed.

Repository Details

Part of the University of West Georgia Special Collections Repository

Special Collections, Ingram Library
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton GA 30118-2000 United States